I try not to laugh out loud, honestly, I do. It was once me.
I may have been known to answer along the lines of: "Add up everything you can think of. Quadruple it. Then, if you still have anything left in your account, throw it in the nearest river just to get used to the idea. At that point, you're getting closer. Oh, that doesn't count competing!"
Hey, it's like any relationship: better to know up front, for BOTH parties!
Wait, You Owe Us A Tale Of Blogger Encounters!
Yes, I do promise, I shall regale you with the tale of the Awesomeness of Archie & Beka from The Owls Approve. Which means something, because my Awesome standard is pretty damn high. Well, she may have won a couple extra points for calling me "photogenic," which I find chokingly hilarious & appreciate the shocking flattery.
Fine, Back To Boring, Depressing Bills
The details of the truth, as we all learn at Owned (By) Horse #1, are far more nuanced, regional, & owner-dependent, but that's why they invented spreadsheets. And the COTH Forums (they are massively entertaining, but do actually contain a great deal of incredibly educated & useful discussions if you have a lot of time & a finely tuned sifter).
However, for whatever little assistance it may offer, I give you a baseline example (click to embiggen):
|What I consider my non-negotiables, bare bones. Sum: $171.|
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Epic Neighbour Richard also uses Dr. Bob, so we coordinate & split the farm call fee, woot!
Add In Hayburner #2
I won't post Encore's invoice, as it includes his annual back injection & may cause cardiac arrhythmia in any viewing humans. I refuse to be liable, use your OWN vet bills for that! But his basics are identical, which means, leaving out the wormer, a grand total of $314 for both horses. If no one throws anything out of whack, gets hurt, or is subject to fecal analysis (translate: unicorn-land). Twice a year, adding rabies ($18/horse) in the fall.
In our area, Dr. Bob is a hidden gem, so his prices are significantly lower than others but his experience & sheer talent is off the chart.
For my partners-in-poverty, where does that fall on your scale?
|She must have many horses; she couldn't even buy the rest of her pants, poor thing...|